Wondering what to do with the chicken breasts in your fridge? There are dozens of ways to prepare chicken breasts, but most of the time, the result can be too dry and bland. But, don’t worry, you can still use those chicken pieces and offer a feast to your family. For instance, one of the most popular chicken breast recipes is the Chicken Parmigiana. This dish is not only filling, but delicious, as well. The dish is a medley of tastes and textures that will surely please the whole family…even the kids!
Chicken Parmigiana is a dish consisting of breaded chicken breast fillets, which are usually baked or fried, topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, then broiled until the cheese melts. This dish is one of the chicken breast recipes that is well-loved, even by the most discriminating taste buds.
You may prepare the chicken breast ahead of time and freeze until needed. For busy cooks, a store-bought marinara sauce will do, but of course, making your own can be more delicious and not to mention fresh. For cheese, this recipe calls for a combination of Parmesan and Mozzarella, but you may combine any of your favorite cheeses with a high-quality Mozzarella for variety. So, here’s the recipe for Chicken Parmigiana.
3 tbsp. Olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped finely
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 16-ounce can whole tomatoes (do not drain)
1 tbsp. Sugar
2 tsps. Chopped fresh basil leaves
1 ¼ tsp. Salt
In a medium-sized sauce pan, saute garlic and onion in olive oil over medium heat. Cook until transparent.
Add tomato paste, tomatoes with the liquid, sugar, salt, and basil. Turn heat to low. Cover sauce and let simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking. In the meantime, prepare the fried chicken breasts.
Chicken Breast Ingredients:
6 chicken breast fillets
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup flour
¾ tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
2 eggs, beaten
5 tbsp. Cooking oil
5 tbsp. Butter
6 Slices Mozzarella cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese (or any other cheese of your choice), grated
On a shallow bowl, mix together flour, salt and pepper. Dip chicken fillets on the flour then the eggs and lastly, on the breadcrumbs. Repeat process to coat chicken twice.
In a heavy skillet over medium heat, add oil and butter. Fry breaded chicken for about 5 minutes on both sides or until golden brown. Transfer in a baking dish and arrange in a single layer.
Top with prepared marinara sauce. Top with cheese slices and grated cheese. Broil for about 3-5 minutes or just until cheese is bubbling and melted. Serve hot with cooked pasta or crusty bread.
You may use ready-made marinara sauce or any other tomato-based sauce of your choice.
Apart from salt and pepper, you may also use Italian seasoning or add herbs and spices on the chicken seasoning.
If you do not have a broiler, you can melt the cheese in a preheated oven for about 5-10 minutes.